SICILY. Leontinoi. Tetradrachm shortly after 480. Dies by the Demareteion Master. Obv. Slow quadriga to r. Nike crowning the standing driver who holds branch in r. hand. In exergue a lion running to r. Rev. ΛEO - NTIN - O - N Head of Apollo to r. wearing laurel wreath. His hair is combed over the forehead and tied in back of head. Below the head, a lion running to r. Three laurel leaves in field. 7.28 g. Rizzo Pl. 22, 14 (= Hirmer 19 and pl. 6 below: identical dies). Chantraine Pl. 1, 5. Ross Holloway Pl. 1, 4. Schwabacher Pl. 6 middle. SNG ANS 217. SNG München 549. Of great rarity. Very fine style and patina. Very fine-Extremely fine.
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Starting price: 35'000 CHF
Ex Auction Hess/Leu 31. Lucerne December 6, 1966. Lot 113.
Ex Auction Naville-Ars Classica 15. 1930. Lot 291.
Ex Auction Jacob Hirsch 31. Munich 1912. Gutekunst Coll. Lot 163.
C. M. Kraay, Kraay-Hirmer, Greek Coins (1966) p. 88 suggests as date of the Demareteion issues the year 466, when the tyrants were driven from Syracuse.